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welcome to nhk world "newsline." i'm gene otani in tokyo. the president of iraq appointed a new cabinet. many have been calling for nuri al malaki's resignation. they believe the shia prime minister has been favoring shias, causing frustration among
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sunnis spurring islamic militants to expand their influence. malaki has refused to step down. islamic militants have conquered iraq's second largest city mosul. the united states launched air strikes in parts of iraq last week. intensified political conflicts means the crisis is likely to continue. israeli forces and hamas fighters have held their fire. they've agreed to a new three-day truce, and it's clearing the way for talks to resume with egyptian mediators on a long-term agreement. the cease-fire took effect sunday. shops began opening their doors and people ventured into the streets of central gaza. but hamas representatives say they will no longer negotiate if the current talks break down. they want the economic blockade of gaza lifted.
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israel is demanding that hamas disarm. some wounded palestinians are being thrown to turkey. turkish government officials plan to bring about 200 injured people from gaza for medical treatment. israel and hamas have been fighting for over one month. more than 1900 palestinians and nearly 70 israelis have been killed. an nhk survey shows that support for japanese prime minister shinzo abe's cabinet has rebounded to 51%. it dropped below 50% last month for the first time since abe took office in december 2012. nhk conducted the phone survey over the weekend. more than 900 people responded. support for the cabinet was up four percentage points from july. the disapproval rate fell by five points to 33%. 24% said that out of six policy items, the governor should put priority on reviewing the social
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security system. 19% chose the economy. nhk also asked about abe's wish to meet chinese president xi jinping on the sidelines of an international conference in beijing in november. the two have not held talks since abe took power. more than half said a japan/china summit is needed. 11% said there is no need. more than 60% said they welcomed japan's decision to impose more sanctions on russia after the downing of a malaysia airlines jet in eastern ukraine. 28% said they disapprove of the action. the operator of the damaged fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant says it wants to install a system to keep tainted groundwater from leaking into the ocean. tokyo electric power company, or tepco, applied for a permit to build facilities for the plan. the firm is building an iron barrier as part of the system. tepco says it will be ready by late september. engineers of the company say they want to pump up water from
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the ground and wells near reactor buildings. they plan to decontaminate it and release it into the ocean. tepco officials say they explained the plan to local fisheries groups and have heard no major objections, but they say they won't release any water without full approval from locals. fishermen say releasing treated water could spark harmful rumors about the safety of marine resources. tepco has never released the water into ocean. tepco has system in place for releasing water into the ocean. a man who's lived his entire live in the philippines has dug into his roots. earlier this year he obtained japanese nationality. that caused problems with filipino authorities over citizenship. but the man has finally been able to find out more about where he came from.
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>> reporter: bienvenido toshio shin is 70 years old. he has waited a long time to be reunited with his japanese relatives. >> translator: i have utterly become an old man, and it has been my dream to meet all of you. >> translator: he looks exactly like his father. i'm so happy to have a close cousin. >> reporter: shin was born to a japanese father and a filipino mother on the island of mindanao. his father was drafted to fight in world war ii and then went missing. shin was unable to prove his father's existence. he spent his whole life without nationality.
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in march, all of that changed. a japanese nongovernmental organization helped him find proof of his father's family register and his relatives. and shin now has japanese nationality. he planned to visit his father's hometown in southern japan, but philippine immigration authorities refused to let him leave. they said he first had to pay a fine of more than $30,000, and they claimed he had lived in the country illegally all his life. the ngo officials and japanese embassy staff in the philippines urged the authorities to reconsider, and they did. they allowed shin to make the
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trip for humanitarian reasons. shin visited his father's hometown and the local temple said to house his father's ashes. >> translator: i have longed to visit his grave. i have really wanted to meet him. >> reporter: in 1941, around 30,000 japanese men lived in the philippines. many of them married filipino women and started families. when the war began, the now-defunct japanese military occupied the philippines. many filipinos resented people of japanese descent. when the war ended, authorities deported japanese immigrants, and more than 3,000 children were left behind. >> translator: the children left behind were forced to discard
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any documents which proved they were japanese to hide their japanese identity as the children of murderers. >> reporter: since 2006, the ngo has helped 130 people get their japanese nationality. but still there are still many more like shin. >> translator: japanese filipinos dream of visiting their fathers' homeland. we ask for support to allow applications to allow these people to visit japan. >> reporter: last week, six other japanese-filipinos visited japan, and they asked the government for help to recover their japanese citizenship. officials with the ministry of foreign affairs say they will provide as much support as possible. maki hasegawa, nhk world, tokyo.
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the top diplomats from the u.s. and china have argued over territorial issues in the south china sea. u.s. secretary of state john kerry and chinese foreign minister wang yi were taking part in discussions over security at the asean regional forum in myanmar. the chinese are caught up in a number of disputes over territories. some delegates quoted kerry as saying unilateral action is destabilizing the region. he supported a proposal from delegates from the philippines to introduce a moratorium on activities that could escalate tensions. foreign minister wang said involvement of some countries from outside the region is confusing the situation, and he said it will take time to consider the plan. cambodia has close ties to china, and cambodia delegates also expressed their reluctance to support the proposal.
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north korea's foreign minister delivered a speech at the forum defending his country's program. he said the program counters a threat proposed by the u.s. a senior north korean diplomate says joint military deals. he says the united states has increased tensions by adopting a hostile stance toward the north. he said pyongyang's nuclear programs are aimed at preventing war. he said north korean officials have suggested repeatedly that the two koreas stop hostile military acts. but he said their counterparts in seoul have rejected the proposals. the north korean diplomat did not rule out the possibility of another nuclear test. he said his country would exercise whatever rights it has to strengthen its nuclear deterrents. he spoke one-on-one with japanese foreign minister, fumio yashida.
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they discussed a number of contentious issues. >> translator: i had an opportunity to talk with the north korean foreign minister and explained japan's stance concerning the investigation into the abduction of japanese nationals and security issues including the north's nuclear and missile programs. >> he urged him to insure north korean authorities conduct a thorough investigation into the fate of japanese nationals. they believe they kidnapped them in the 1970s and 1980s. kash kashiba also brought up nis il tests and urged them not to engage in further provocations. officials in seoul proposed talks with their counterparts in pyongyang, they want to discuss reassuming reunions of families separated by the korean war. an official with the south korean unification ministry said the government suggested the
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talks be held on august 19th. the high-level meeting would be their first since february. the officials say they want to hold a reunion event during a major holiday celebrated by both countries in september. inter-korean relations have been strained since the north started firing ballistic missiles into the sea of japan in recent months. foreign ministers from the two sides did not meet sunday when they both attended an asean regional forum in myanmar. ukrainian military leaders say they're gaining the upper hand in their fight against pro-russian separatists in eastern ukraine. they say they've cut off a key supply route. the separatists control the cities of donetsk and luhansk and have been using a road
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between them to bring in more personnel and supplies. but ukrainian commanders say they've blocked it. ukrainian media are reporting that government forces have tightened their grip around donetsk, and they say troops have taken control of a checkpoint leading to the city center. the leader of the self-proclaimed donetsk people's republic says he's ready to discuss a cease-fire. archenko says he wants to stop the spread of what he called a humanitarian catastrophe. but some separatists are downplaying any talk of a truce. they're accusing the ukrainian military of ramping up their bombing campaign. russian media are reporting on one of the latest attacks in the city of horlivka. they say 52 people were killed and about 170 others wounded. the russian president is calling for a peaceful resolution to another conflict. vladimir putin has urged the
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leaders of two former soviet republics to end a long-running territorial dispute. putin sat down with armenian president serzh sagrsyan and azerbaijani president ilham aliyev. forces from their countries are vying for control of the region of nagorno-kabarakh. 17 soldiers have been killed in the latest battles. putin urged his counterparts to agree to a truce, but officials with russia's foreign ministry say they didn't make any headway. nagorno-karabakh is in azerbaijan, but most of the people who live there are ethnic armenians. the two sides have been fighting over the territory since the collapse of the soviet union. leaders signed a cease-fire in 1994. but since then, those from armenia have retained influence over the area. boaters in turkey have done something they've never done before. they've chosen their present directly. they went with a familiar face.
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the prime minister is expected to take up his new position later this month. and some turks are worried he may use it to reinforce his power. >> reporter: there are three candidates taking part in the presidential election, the former head of the organization of islamic corporation, the prime minister, and head of a pro-kurdish political party. thei the turkish constitution gives executive power to the prime minister. the president is largely ceremonyial. the president has been chosen by parliament, but the selection process has been changed to make it a direct public vote. he also wants to shift executive power to the presidency.
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he's banned by his part from serving more than three consecutive terms as prime minister. that means urden plans to intend to continue being a player in local politics but now as president. urden won a clear majority in sunday's vote. >> translator: we will continue our struggle to further improve democracy and implement its standard. we will do everything to further improve the country. >> reporter: the victory ais tributed to his achievement during 11 years in office. he won praise for handling of the economy. turkey's per capita gdp has increased more than three times to $10,000 under his leadership.
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he also raised turkey's profile as a regional power. he accelerated negotiations to join the european union and helped mediate the conflicts in gaza and iraq. >> translator: he brought change and development to turkey. the country will improve further under his presidency. >> reporter: but some people are worried. this man is a college student. he campaigned for one of the other candidates. he says he took part in protests last year in istanbul when government troops opened fire with tear gas, he says several of his friends were injured or detained. he continued to protest using social immediatemedia, but in m
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government blocked access to twitter and u youtube to silence criticism. he is worried that ergdan may try to exert more power as the first directly elected president. >> translator: i don't have much hope for the future. i wonder where my country is heading. i'm worried things might get worse. >> reporter: erdan says an executive presidency is better than a parliament bound prime minister. people inside an outside the country are now wondering if he will turn out to be a hero or a tyrant. scientists in australia fear a tourist destination visited by
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millions of people every year will wash away. they're seeing coral on the great barrier reef erode. so they've undertaken a plan to save the natural wonder. nhk world's takao nawajima explains. >> reporter: the great barrier reef is the world's largest coral reef stretching over 2,000 kilometers off australia's northeastern coast. but now this natural wonder is in danger. this coral has been bleached. the cause is linked to the rising ocean temperature. if it stays at this level, more coral will die or deteriorate. the australian institute of marine science says in the last 30 years the great barrier reef had shrunk by 50%. some researchers say pollution is the cause. among them is professor john brody.
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his research focuses on water runoff from land. >> that pollution comes from both agricultural and coastal development including ports. the first stage of that was 20 years of science and research. we did lots of research and science and showed, in fact, that agricultural pollution was a real problem for the reef. >> reporter: fertilizers and pesticides used on farmland join into the rivers and the sea harming water quality. this, in turn, has a deadly effect on coral. the situation is so critical that australia's government has launched a plan to halt a coral reef decline by 2050. >> we need to sustain the effort. it took us 100 years to cause the problem. it will take some decades to repair the water quality. >> reporter: the government's policy has encouraged many local farmers to start making changes.
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this sugar cane field, more than 100 kilometers inland, has its own water catchment system preventing fertilizings from getting into the rivers and then into the sea. water from the field is collected in a catchment. then it is recycled and pumped back out to the field. students take part in the conservation effort. this school teaches that water quality is vital for the health of coral reefs. water for raising fish and growing vegetables is treated before it's released. >> too much ammonia can kill fish, and if we don't protect the reef as well, it won't be here for future generations. >> i guess limiter is a big thing. what a lot of people do in australia is litter and we don't want that to get to 0 our great
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barrier reef. >> it has everything to do with protecting our reef from watching how much rubbish you have because that can go into the drains to ruin the reef to looking after our water streams, looking after the biodiversity. >> reporter: people, both young and old, do whatever they can to preserve the reef. their stud steady efforts continue. takao nakajima, nhk world, sydney. the remnants of typhoon halong continues to move away from japan, but it leaves a mess behind after heavy rain and strong winds. our meteorologist sayaka mori is here with the details. >> about 1,000 millimeters of rain fell in 48 hours in parts of koji. over 2 meters of heavy rainfall since the beginning of august. flooding has occurred in many places. now situations are improving in many parts of japan.
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a new low pressure will mean rain continuing starting tomorrow. that will raise the potential for flooding. staying quite sunny and dry for more parts of the korean peninsula but rain is falling heavily for the southern half of china and extremely rain is battering much of taiwan. staying quite sunny and dry for most parts of the korean peninsula. rain is falling heavy for extremely heavy rain is battering much of taiwan. we have heavy rain warnings in place for the southwestern portions of the island and rainy weather will likely continue at least into wednesday. now, temperatures are as follows at 32 in taipei, 30 in hong kong and monsoonal rain once again for bangkok as well as singapore on your tuesday. now, heavy rain is affecting the northern areas of india. we have some dramatic scenes coming out of the north. take a look at this video. a child almost lost his life sunday in northern india as he was bathing in the river. the heavy rainfall from the southwest monsoon elevated water levels in the region.
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the 10-year-old boy was with his three friends when he was carried 100 meters down the river due to the strong currents. the police quickly went to rescue the boy, and thankfully he is safely out of danger. while the monsoon rains are crucial for farming, many people die each year because of landslides as well as flooding. well, i'm afraid to say more rain to fall for the northern areas and northeastern parts of india because we have a low pressure system over the himalayas enhancing the southweste rern monsoon to rais rain. it will likely raise potential for flooding and mudslides even further in the northern areas of india. across the americas, extremely heavy rain has battered the eastern parts of the u.s. and caused flooding in many parts of the u.s. as well as eastern parts of canada. the system will likely sit here for the next couple of days so rain will likely continue. staying sunny on monday in the northeast, including new york
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city, but turning wet starting tuesday. new york city at 29 degrees for the high on monday with abundance of sunshine. back behind it, 27 degrees in toronto, thunderstorms for the mid part of the u.s. 29 for the high in denver and extremely high temperatures once again for the western areas. take a look. portland, 35 degrees. that's 7 degrees higher than normal. seattle at 32 degrees, but sunny weather continues into monday. however, thundershowers will come back on tuesday. that will lower temperatures down to the 20s finally on tuesday. all right, finally, over europe, you can see a massive system. this is the remnants of hurricane bertha. it has caused numerous large hail as well as several tornadoes in the u.k., france and the low countries. staying quite stormy for the next couple of days in the northern areas, but the most severe area will be found from finland down towards the alpine region, even tornadoes cannot be ruled out. watch out for flooding as well as landslides as well.
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excessive amounts of rain and large hail and damaging winds will likely affect these locations. and temperatures are as follows. i'm going to leave you now with your extended forecast.
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before we go, here is a story about some thrill seekers in the u.s. who got more than they bargained for. 24 people got stlanded on a roller coaster after it broke down at an amusement park in maryland. the passengers were stuck for five hours in the hot sun. firefighters gave them umbrellas and bottles of water. they harnessed the passengers to the carriages to prevent them from falling. then they lowered them to the ground in a bucket lift. no one was injured. the people who operate the ride say they've taken it out of service while they investigate the problem. and that's "newsline" for
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this hour . i'm gene otani in tokyo.
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